Judith H. Lingmann Snow left this world on a bright sunny morning, May 2, 2013. She had moved to the Spring Creek Retirement Center in American Falls, Idaho just 5 months before, due to increasing health problems. Her kids like to think if she couldn’t bowl or golf any more why bother trying to feel better. Death was due to her readiness to join her husband Leo and daughter Kay on the other side of the veil.
Judy was born Oct. 14, 1922 to Ernst Gustav and Martha Maria Johanna Hill Lingmann in Koenigsberg, W. Prussia (later called East Germany). She was the 5th child of 14 born in the family. The young family of six immigrated to the United States arriving in New York in 1924 and settling in Salt Lake Valley. Judy attended schools in Salt Lake until the family moved to Park City. At 14 years old, Judy started work in the family restaurant until in 1943 she ran off to San Francisco to marry Leo Snow (also of Park City) before he was shipped out to Europe via the Army. On Leo’s return from the war the young couple with their first baby daughter in tow moved from Utah to Blackfoot for Leo’s work with Idaho Power Co. Mom and Dad had their new home built on South University and moved from a tiny one bedroom second floor apartment with their four little ones into that wonderful new home. Bet Mom thought it was a palace until the kids started to grow up and that 2 bedroom house seemed to shrink.
Dad’s $50.00 a week back in 1950 wasn’t enough to qualify them for a house loan so Mom began waitressing. She initially worked part time at Blackfoot’s Colonial Inn which at that time was listed in the Ford Times Magazine as one of the best supper clubs between the East and West Coasts. Over the years she moved up to head waitress finally retiring in 1983 (those tips sure helped us kids get through college).
When Dad got close to retirement he began to golf with his buddy Duane. Mom and Dorothy didn’t like being left home when these two were out on the course so they also learned to golf (a lot of trial and error). She enjoyed golf so much she walked the Blackfoot course playing 36 holes on some Saturdays, 18 holes with Dad then another 18 with Dorothy. Judy was always there on the Wednesday Ladies Day Golf League and also played on the Tuesday evening Ladies League. Mom was honored when she was awarded Blackfoot’s 2004 Woman of the Year Golfer. Golf was her summer past time, bowling was her winter past time. She began bowling in the late 1950s and for many years bowled on 3 leagues a week and even carried over a 200 pin average at one time. Mom was so competitive she loved to bowl in the Idaho State Bowling Tournaments usually finishing in the money. She even tried the National Bowling Tournament once and also finished with prize money. Besides bowling and golf she did crochet in her younger years and made some beautiful doilies.
With the second half of the loving couple now gone, Judy and Leo leave behind children: Jan (Gene) Ferguson, Aurora, Colorado; Don (Linda), Bend, Oregon; Rita (Bill) Pope, Blackfoot; Gary of American Falls; Kay Monson (deceased 2010 – leaving children Jennifer Carroll, Blackfoot and Christy Lentz, Pocatello). Posterity of this couple includes 19 grandchildren and 49½ great grandchildren.
Judy is survived by 4 sisters and one brother. Delores Carlow, Sandy, Utah; Orson Lingmann, Upton, Utah; Anita Lancaster, West Jordan, Utah; and Rhea Beckstead, Riverton, Utah. She was preceded in death by her parents, 4 brothers and 5 sisters.
A viewing and meeting with family will be held Sunday evening, May 5th from 7p-9p at Hawker Funeral Home, 132 So. Shilling Ave. in Blackfoot. Graveside services will be held May 6th, 1 pm at the Grove City Cemetery in Blackfoot.
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